Psychologists in Canada are in high demand, driven by mental health needs and shortages in services. A government report highlighted that nearly one in five Canadians above 11 years old require mental health support. The shortage is concerning; even Saskatchewan psychiatrist Dr. Tamara Hinz mentioned the challenge of reorganizing services.
The federal job-hunting platform, Job Bank, predicts a shortage of 400 psychologists over nine years. Between 2022 and 2031, about 18,800 new job openings and 18,400 job seekers are expected, with persistent labor shortages. Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island show good job prospects until 2031.
Bright opportunities await psychologists in British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Quebec, with very good prospects under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021. Canada’s Express Entry system now targets 82 jobs, including psychologists, offering foreign nationals an appealing pathway to permanent residence.
Express Entry, previously program-focused, now considers specific occupations. Candidates need six months of work experience in Canada or abroad in eligible fields. Job listings for psychologists are increasing, with 98 on Job Bank and 1,027 on Indeed.ca. The median hourly wage for psychologists varies but offers competitive earning potential.
Recent changes make Express Entry streams more responsive to labor market needs. Former Immigration Minister Sean Fraser emphasized the importance of skilled workers to stimulate growth and help businesses with labor shortages. Canada’s move towards occupation-specific draws aims to meet employment demand.
Provinces have issued occupation-specific invitations, and consultations with various stakeholders ensure informed decisions. Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) indicates a doubling of occupation shortages from 2019 to 2021. In 2018-2022, French-speaking admissions outside Quebec accounted for 34-40% of federal high-skilled admissions.
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